Employees subject to a "use it or lose it" vacation pay policy are prohibited from carrying over vacation days from one year to the next.
In 2008, Washington, D.C., became the second city in the nation to mandate paid sick leave. Under the Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act, many workers in D.C. now receive between three and seven paid sick days per year. However, certain professionals - including some health care workers and tipped workers - are exempt from the mandate. Last week, the D.C. Council announced that it will consider expanding the protections of the law to some of those workers.
Maryland enacted a new law effective October 1, 2013, that requires employers who have more than 15 employees to provide "light duty" to pregnant employees who require reasonable accommodations at work.
This week the US Department of Labor issued a ruling that will make it possible for home health care workers to be eligible to receive minimum wage and overtime wages beginning January 1, 2015.